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Hazardous drugs and worker safety: Emerging regulations
By Matthew D. Zock
California recently introduced Assembly Bill 1202 that would require its state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard for hazardous drugs, which includes antineoplastic agents or "chemotherapy." If enacted, California will become the second state to regulate hazardous drug handling in the workplace, as the state of Washington passed a similar bill in 2011 that required its Department of Labor and Industries to adopt a hazardous drugs rule.
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AREA & ASSOCIATION NEWS


Are you ready for the new continuous quality assurance rules?
AzPA
CQA Workshop
June 28
9 to 11 a.m.
Part of the AzPA 2013 Annual Convention at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz.
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PTCB Exam Prep Course — Completely revised and online
AzPA
AzPA is offering the PTCB Exam Prep Course to prepare to successfully complete PTCB's technician certification exam. In 3 1/2 weeks discover and develop techniques to enhance your performance as a pharmacy technician.
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2013 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention & Trade Show
AzPA
Registration is now open for the AzPA 2013 Annual Convention. Visit the website for complete information, or download the registration brochure.

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Spurring increased adult pneumococcal vaccination
American Pharmacists Association
Resources to support health professionals in implementing strategies to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination have been made available by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections, and it results in thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year.
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5 foolproof ways to get through a tough task
Inc.
Few things are as daunting as a blank page, a report you need to write or a pitch you need to create. It's all too easy to find yourself staring at the large white window on your computer screen, pausing to check your email and staring some more. As someone who makes a living by writing, Minda Zetlin, co-author of "The Geek Gap," finds herself facing a blank page on almost a daily basis, and she has learned some effective ways to get past it and to a finished product efficiently. Here are five of them.
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Senate draft proposal would clarify FDA authority over high-risk compounding
American Pharmacists Association
New Senate draft legislation introduced April 26 would give FDA greater authority over compounding pharmacies, and it will clearly distinguish between traditional compounding pharmacies and compounding manufacturers.
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Pediatricians endorse new acne treatment guidelines
HeatlhDay News
Pimples have long been the bane of teenage existence, but pediatricians say there is now enough evidence on effective treatments to put out the first guidelines on battling acne in children. There is a range of medications that can clear up even severe cases of acne, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Writing in the May issue of its journal Pediatrics, the group throws its support behind new guidelines from the American Acne and Rosacea Society that detail how to treat acne in children and teens of all ages.
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IN THE NEWS


Valid picture ID card a barrier for Plan B contraception
United Press International
The Obama administration's age and identification restrictions are barriers to emergency contraception access, a U.S.nonprofit group says. The FDA approved over-the-counter access for the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step for women 15 and older with identification. The medication would be available on store shelves instead of behind the counter with a pharmacist but only in stores with an on-site pharmacy. Teens younger than age 15 would still need a prescription.
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Safe upper limit of vitamin D identified for 1st time
Medscape
A new study examining more than a million individuals aged older than 45 years has, for the first time, verified an upper, safe limit for vitamin D in terms of mortality and cardiovascular events. The researchers also confirm the increased risk of death from suboptimal levels of the vitamin, corroborating the findings of many previous trials.
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8 smartphone shortcuts that will change your life
American Express OPEN Forum
How much do you really know about your iPhone? You make calls, send text messages and take a few pictures to post on Instagram, but what about all the other bells and whistles? Brian Moran, publisher of Century 21's magazine, is constantly amazed by the new tricks and tips he learns about his smartphone. Here are eight of Moran's favorites.
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10 reasons why humor is a key to success at work
Forbes
Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there's a good chance your co-workers aren't cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis — and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.
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The association between acetaminophen and asthma
Medscape
During the last few decades, a huge epidemiological effort has been made all over the world in order to cast some light on the origin of asthma and its recent increase in prevalence. The focus on genetic factors has failed to show any genetic signal strong enough to be seriously considered. The only environmental factor that has launched a large and consistent epidemiological signal, found in almost every epidemiological study addressing the issue, is previous acetaminophen exposure, which consistently increases the prevalence and clinical manifestations of every wheezing disorder under study.
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Spurring increased adult pneumococcal vaccination
American Pharmacists Association
Resources to support health professionals in implementing strategies to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination have been made available by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

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Tylenol can ease anxiety over fear of dying
Medical News Today
An over-the-counter pain reliever can also be used to deal with existential worry — anxiety that comes from thinking about death — according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

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Kroger pharmacy expansion is contaminated by a compounder
Forbes
The compounding pharmacy scandal has caused still more collateral damage, and this time it involves one of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S. Who are we talking about?

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Penicillin failure in pharyngotonsillitis
Pharmacy Times
Penicillin failure is a serious concern in patients with acute and recurrent pharyngotonsillitis. Although it is efficacious in vitro, penicillin fails in vivo in approximately 40 percent of cases. In these cases, it fails to eradicate Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci, leading to persistence or recurrence of symptoms.
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FDA fast-tracks AbbVie hepatitis C drug
Chicago Tribune
AbbVie recently said that its new hepatitis C drug regimen has been given a breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA, putting it on the fast-track for potential approval in the United States.
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Study: FDA warning against high-dose antidepressant prescription may be unwarranted
University of Michigan Health System via ScienceDaily
The FDA's warning that high doses of the antidepressant citalopram can cause potentially serious abnormal heart rhythms might be doing more harm than good. In 2011, the FDA attached a warning to the drug, also known as Celexa, based on data linking higher doses of the drug to potentially fatal abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart.
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Prothrombin complex concentrate licensed for warfarin reversal
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
CSL Behring recently announced the approval of prothrombin complex concentrate, or Kcentra, for the urgent reversal of acquired coagulation-factor deficiency caused by warfarin or another vitamin K antagonist in adults with acute major bleeding.
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